Honoring Drexel's Veterans
November 11, 2020
Dear Members of the Drexel Community,
Veterans Day is a special time at Drexel as we honor the millions of women and
men who served in the United States Armed Forces and celebrate the vital role
our military plays in keeping the nation safe and free. Our virtual
celebrations this year are no less heartfelt, as we show deep appreciation for
all veterans and, in particular, for Drexel’s nearly 500 student-veterans and
more than 200 military dependents.
During the nearly two decades of sustained military action since 9/11,
Americans have turned again and again for help in securing our freedoms to
those brave citizens who volunteered to serve our country in uniform. Drexel
is proud to be a Yellow Ribbon School. In addition to our student-veterans,
Drexel has thousands of military-affiliated alumni, and our faculty and
professional staff include many who have served in the military.
One of the most meaningful ways for Drexel to observe Veterans Day is to
salute those who served. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Drexel hosted and
participated in a number of events that recognize veterans and military
families. This year, Drexel veterans joined in the remote Philadelphia
Veterans Parade on Sunday, and the Office of Veteran Student Services and Army
ROTC will co-host a remote Veterans Day tribute today at noon, which can be
Over the last week, we also continued the tradition of displaying American
flags along Market Street on the grass median by LeBow College of Business to
represent enrolled veterans. And yesterday, Alumni Relations hosted a
screening of the movie “Invisible Warriors,” which details the role of African
American “Rosies” in supporting the war effort during World War II. Additional
events are listed on the Office of Veteran Student Services website.
For my part, I want to thank all those members of the Drexel community who
have served in uniform and acknowledge the valuable contributions they make to
our University each and every day. Veteran-students’ military experience,
patriotism, character and commitment to others enriches our campus community
in so many ways.
I hope you will join me in expressing your gratitude for our veterans’ service
to our country.